am in the process of finishing a study on visual long-term memory for naturalistic
and abstract scenes (photographs of doors) with relatively homogenous content
and with comparatively little access to verbal coding.I am also currently
involved in studies on the effect of visual artistic training on eye movement
patterns and visual/verbal memory. Artistic training involves the ‘deconstruction’
of perceptual constancy as a necessary requisite for the depiction of three
dimensional scenes in two dimensions. The basic functions of identifying
and categorising must be deliberately countermanded in order to provide
scope for a more pictorial mode of viewing in which attentional allocation
is on colour modulations, composition of global and local features and graphic
contrast. The object of the current studies is to find how this pictorial
viewing mode translates to eye movement patterns, and since the training
affects very basic perceptual processes, it is of interest to investigate
its effects on other cognitive functions, such as visual memory.
Vogt. S., 1996. Looking at Paintings: Patterns of Eye Movements in Artistically Naïve and Sophisticated Subjects. Leonardo, 32 (4), 325.
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